Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Emu Oil
- Fluoride Link
- General Feedback
- Hypothyroid Symptoms
- Hypothyroid Tests
- Hypothyroidism and Anemia
- Hypothyroidism and Heredity
- Iodine, Dhea
- Iodine, Selenium
- Lugol's Iodine
- Medication Side Effects
- Multiple Remedies
- Over the Counter
- Prescription Medications
- Remedies Needed
- Remove Old Dental Fillings
- Ted's Remedies
- Thyroid Readings
05/04/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash: "TSH 160.9: Can anyone explain what this means and how to make health corrections? My eyebrows are thin and missing outer third on both sides of face. My thyroid numbers were in mid range of normal.. NO PROBLEM...!!! ... ? ..."
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Medication Side Effects
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/26/2012: Ceci from Dubai, United Arab Emirates: "Hello there, I have been taking euthyrox 50mg for 10.5 months with regular visits to my doctor my initial thyrod level was 9.6 but after regularly taking the medication 50mg everyday and 75mg once a week I have managed to drop my thyrod level to 2.9, my last blood test was 1 month ago.... I have noticed since the medication gaining weight slowly and my dr said you have probebly change you eating habits (which in fact I didnt) now after 10.5 months I'm already 5.5Kg extra on what I was when I started the medication my dr as well as the little reasearch that I've done all confirmed that this medication will actually make me loose weight this never happened I keep gaining and gaining now I'm following a certain diet trying to eat less bread and carbs and sweets although this never been the case in my life I always ate what I wanted..... can someone please advice if me gaining weight is a side affect of euthyrox 50...."Replies
03/19/2012: Sony from La, Usa replies: "Hi, your msg. frightens me. I am on euthyrox since Oct'11 25mg daily and I have noticed a consistent weight gain since then. I have told my doctor about this, and he says be patient, you are actually supposed to lose weight on this , but you are giving me mixed signals. He increased the dosage by 25mg for one day of the week, and I think he wants to see what happens. As the visits are every two months, I think that I am in for a long wait , to see how my body reacts to teeny weeny increases.... I too have gained about 5 kg and very upset about it, despite controlled eating. I am on the verge of ditching the meds, but I have seen an improvements in other areas so dont want to give up on those. Instead I am now thinking of starting daily exercise of at least 1 hour a day, may be this will help.... But if it does, then it wont be the medication, it will be the excersise and I wont know for sure... I am confused as you are...."
12/16/2011: Erika : "Wondering if anyone can help. I've been recently (2 wks ago) diagnosed as hypothyroid. My OB wanted to put me on Synthroid, but due to reading on this site (about fog brain and libido), I chose Armour Thyroid over that. She wasn't pleased to deal with it (as it is a pig's thyroid-OMGoodness! ;)), and said she didn't know how to prescribe it, but did it anyway and only prescribed 1/4 grain/day. I am considered borderline, but really for a younger woman of childbearing years (40), they'd actually like to see my numbers even lower.
I immediately started research here for natural healing and added coconut oil to my daily intake of food (about 1and 1/2 or 2 Tbsp/day). Also, 4 days ago, I found a kelp supplement w/ added folic acid and started that, 1/day. At the same time, I found Ashwaganda and a B-stress formula and started taking those 2x's a day. I've been unable to find the Guggul and the Bauhinia as of yet.
I also had started ACV (about 2Tbsp. + water +honey around 2x's a day) about a week before this diagnosis, as I had just found this website and read that it would help my asthma. Unbelievably, my asthma practically disappeared w/i 2 days. Weirdest thing I've ever seen! I have used my Xopenex inhaler 3times w/i the last 3 weeks, but only on the nights when I had neglected to take my ACV that day. Before that, I had been using it 3 to 4 times A DAY!, 2 puffs each time, and it was getting worse by the day! Oh, and I have OPed with Coconut Oil about 4 or 5 times during this time too (only once before my asthma went away though, so I attribute it's disappearance to the ACV, not the OP).
My husband made the comment to me yesterday that I seem to have gotten worse since being diagnosed. (I only started the Armour 2 mornings ago). I agree that I seem to be even more exhausted than normal and the only thing I can think of is that maybe I'm detoxing because of the OPing and the ACV, and the coconut oil in general? I would not be surprised in the least if I have a system wide Candida issue. I think I read somewhere about "die-off"? Can you explain this to me and tell me what I would need to do to help it along? It's Christmas of course, so it is not real probable for me to get off sugar until January. Even then, I will struggle tremendously. I am truly addicted to chocolate and crave a sweet (hot chocolate, cookies, cheesecake, hot fudge sundae, etc...) before going to bed at night. :(
Are there other things I could be doing for hypothyroidism that I am not currently doing? I find it difficult to get enough time on here to read everything as I have 3 children and am SO exhausted! Do I need to take more coconut oil than I am? More Kelp? More B? More herbs? Oh, and what is the difference between cold pressed and expeller pressed? Mine is from Radiant Life and is expeller pressed. Also, do I really have to take 2 days off the ACV every wk. to get it to work best? I'm concerned about my asthma coming back. I hate being dependent on the inhaler.
I know that I have more questions, but due to the fog brain, I can't remember them all. My memory is shot. I walk around all day knowing I'm supposed to be doing something, but can't remember what. Please help!"Replies
12/17/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Erika, my hypothyroid was off the charts a yr ago, and small nodule, but is now normal. My regimen wasn't completely like yours but some similarities. I had severe side effects to the Levothyroxine with only 2 doses. I used magnet therapy daily on each gland for almost 1yr. I finally broke down and decided the Kelp thing wasn't enough and the povidone iodine may not be suitable, and began liquid potassium iodine. A few weeks of daily LPI I experienced a sudden symptoms of radiation sickness. I took some pectin fiber and sodium bicarbonate to deal with the radiation (I assume). Normal now. Oh, I also took raw thyroid glandular daily for several months.
Hope this helps and good luck."
02/24/2013: Worldspice from Uppsala, Sweden replies: "Watch out so you don´t overdo it! I screwed up my liver because I started taking like 20 supplements at the same time. They have no time to work separately, so you do need to stop the madness. Take the kelp and ACV and wait with the VCO because it is actually cleansing your liver and will make you worse for couple of weeks, so when you start with it, you need to be sure that you don't take anything else! Good luck!"
12/13/2010: Dancermk from Warren, Maine, 04864: "Hello :) I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid about 2 years ago, but my chiropractor actually warned me of the problem earlier than that. I am on Levothyroxin at 25 MCG's. I have done a lot of research on the condition and things that can help or harm the thyroid, information that my dr never told me. I really want to improve my thyroid as naturally as I can. I have read about coconut oil helping and also apple cider vinegar.
My question is, how much of both the coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar would you recommend I take and also how many times/day? I have been taking 3 tablespoons 3 times a day of the coconut oil. I also read about kelp as helping, but I am a newbie and I am just not sure what to do or how much of anything I should be taking to help. I am also trying to avoid soy(challenge! ) and gluten and any refined sugar... And I exercise everyday, trying to lose about 50 lbs, that I really think came on because of my thyroid. I would appreciate any help or thoughts. Thank you :)"Replies
12/13/2010: T from Austin, Tx, Usa replies: "I had the same issue as you mentioned. I do a combination of acupuncture and chinese herbs, along with chiropracter once monthly who suggested taking "CHIRO-ZYME T1 to T12 Rbs" (I take that one, three times daily with meals). I eat 2 tablespoons of Artisana Coconut Butter (not oil) fisr thing in the morning in addition to cooking with coconut oil. I completely eliminated soy products (despite being vegetarian). Found other sources of gluten free and soy free protein, in addition to cooking/eating at home. I also add to my diet daily Sea vegetables organic sold in plastic bags in the Asian aisles of most grocery stores. Dulse, seaweed and any other sea veg that has iodine content in it. Finally I replaced regular sea salt with 'Sea Seasonings Organic KELP Granules'. Found relief in approx 2 weeks of doing so. Once energy returned included daily exercise and am at a much better place. I was told by my chiropractor to NOT take traditional meds for this since it worsens the thyroid making it dependent on the meds for a very long time. Hope this helps!"
08/09/2009: Margaret from Cloverdale, Ca: "For anyone having trouble finding Armour (as one person in Canada mentioned), there is another product that in my experience is equivalent: Nature-Throid. I was first prescribed that by a doctor in Vancouver, BC. In the US my doctor continued that prescription, but sometimes when the pharmacy had trouble getting it soon enough, we substituted Armour. I can't tell any difference. Both work for me.
I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, with diagnosed thyroglobulin antibodies (but not peroxidase antibodies; not sure what the implications of the one without the other are).
I also have adrenal issues and find that taking Isocort makes all the difference in the world to my ability to think and have energy. Isocort is bovine adrenal gland that is supposed to be standardized to 2-1/2 mg. of cortisol per pill. It is non-prescription in the US, but I don't think it's available at all in Canada.
I am starting to experiment with EV coconut oil (2 Tablespoons/day) and Atomidine (the latter I've tried before by itself), where I try the Edgar Cayce approach of stimulating the thyroid via 1 drop of Atomidine in a glass of water on Day 1, increasing by 1 drop/day up to 5 drops on Day 5, then stop for 5 days, then repeat. I am wondering if such iodine stimulation is a bad idea or a good idea for autoimmune hypothyroidism, as stimulating the thyroid can, according to some theories, increase the autoimmune response against the thyroid. Can't say it's done anything so far, either way, now that I'm on Day 6 (nor when I've tried it in the past, except perhaps a tiny bit of improvement BEFORE I was on Armour/Nature-Throid, but I never continued long enough to be sure). The only thing that REALLY seems to matter is if I don't take my full 6 Isocort pills that I'm up to these days. (The Isocort bottle says you can take up to 8/day.)
I was hoping the EVCO would help the adrenals. I'll try another round or two of Atomidine starting Day 11 while continuing the EVCO throughout, and if I don't notice any changes from the Atomidine, I'll drop that and keep up the EVCO for another couple of weeks, and if THAT doesn't make obvious improvements, I'll work harder at alkalizing my body.
Vinegar alkalizes the body, but I'm reluctant to use it because I've heard from some sources it's not the best to use, especially if you have candidiasis issues, which I may have, though nowadays I think celiac disease is more of the problem.
So far no obvious changes one way or the other, but I have had the sense most of my life that my body likes the feel of coconut in my tummy, and it's not just the taste. I'll keep you posted..."
Over the Counter
[YEA] 02/28/2012: Tominco from Ft. Collins, Co, Usa: "At the beginning of last October after my last annual blood test, I tried Anatabloc, a new over-the counter anti-inflamatory nutriceutical for secondary hypothroidism. I was my last hope before going to a doctor and it worked better than I hoped. Anyway, I saw on the web some speculation that it would also be effective for BPH and even though my PSA level was only 1.30, it has been slowly rising for the last 7 years. I got another blood test at the beginning of February that focused on thyroid associated hormones and a PSA test. My TSH level went from 0.3 to 2.8 and my PSA level went from 1.30 to 0.60. I'm a happy camper. One other thing that I noticed is that the rheumatoid arthritis in my hands no longer hurts."
02/07/2010: Margaret from Carrot Creek, Alta: "Hypothyroid
I have been on Eltroxin for thyroid for a few years. Lately my heart started palpitations. Had a blood test done. It came back that my thyroid was underactive again. Dr. increases my meds from 50 to 100. Had another test done in two weeks and it came back normal. But I still have heart palpitations. How long does it take for the meds to settle my heart. Do you think I should try some virgin coconut oil or kelp supplements? Or would this give me more palpitations??"Replies
02/08/2010: Jhopkins from Chapel Hill, Tn replies: "First research adrenal fatigue. Seems that adrenal is the primary cause of hypothyroidism (among other issues). If you start to treat your adrenals (primarily with eating foods to nurture it and supplements as well), then you will see improvement in your thyroid. Heart palpitations in my experience never seemed to have lasted long. That is a little concerning that you are having heart palpiations for so long. Ask your doctor to back off a level as your issue is really concerning you. or ask for a different brand. From what I understand Kelp and VCO are good places to start, but it gets confusing to me. Should I first look into healing the adrenals and then look into the thyroid...or does it all just fall in place?"
01/11/2010: Sharon from Springfield, Ma: "Taking supplements while on Synthroid
Hi, I am wondering if anybody has info on any issues of taking ACV or Turmeric while on Synthroid. I had my thyroid removed last year and wonder if it is OK to take these remedies or will it interfere with the meds."Replies
01/11/2010: Linda from York County, Maine replies: "Hi Sharon, I had my thyroid "fried" several years ago, started w/Synthroid, now take 200 mcg of Levothyroxine. I don't ingest ACV consistently. When I did take it for a period of time, I saw no effect toward my med....I took it in the evening so as not to disturb the absorption - you know how you should avoid dairy for so many hours within taking the med, etc. - I haven't found that any supplement I've ingested has affected the med, actually, and I've dabbled with St. John's Wort, Maca, Cellfood and have just started with 15 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in 6 ounces of water. I take colloidal silver on occasion or echinacea to ward off a cold; sometimes ingest a sublingual B complex which seems to help when the corners of my mouth are dry and cracked....listen to your body and just stop if it feels wrong. Good Luck to You!"
01/11/2010: Sara from The Beach, Canada replies: "i take both ACV or Turmeric while on Synthroid. my levels continue to test fine and i have been on this regimine for two years. hope this helps."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/11/2009: Laura from Orlando, Fl: "Hi everyone: I was recently diagnosed as hypothyroid and was put on bioidentical plant based meds. After using for about ten days, i noticed that i was struggling to breathe. This went on for about 2 days on and off until i decided to stop the meds to see if this could be causing it. Well it has improved about 80% but its still there especially if i try to do housework etc. I later googled hypothyroid symptoms and did found that one of the symptoms is air hunger. Has anyone had a similar experience? I would be grateful for any feedback."
11/26/2012: Doctoreyesight from Phoenix, Az, Usa: "Hello, I have heard that the following cures high blood pressure. ACV, Aloe Vera Plant Gel, Hawthorn & Magnesium Taurate. Currently, I am on the Aloe Vera Plant Gel, and it is working on my system; However, it's only been 3 days.
I am wondering, what benefits would I get between Hawthorn & Magnesium Taurate? Similiarity and difference between Hawthorn & Magnesium Taurate? Which one should I buy as the supplement: Hawthorn or Magnesium Taurate? Thanks.
(2) I have hypothyroidism. I am 26 male. I have been on levothyroixine 75mcg for about 6 months now. I would like to cure it. I take multivitamins WITHOUT iodine due to the counteraction of iodine with levothyroxine. Anyhing I can do to cure my hypothyroidism? Thanks."
10/10/2012: Sonia from San Diego, Ca, Usa: "I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in the year 1999. Subsequently I started taking Synthroid. But none of the symptoms went. My hairfall, Bags under eyes, weight gain, dry skin, very oily face, eyebrow hairfall, acne which takes like many many months to subside but the scar is still there, no matter how much water I drink I'm still thirsty, my right hand goes numb in sleep, very low memory, lots of grey hair- now, allergies then(3-4 yrs back), very irritable etc etc. Only a few things got corrected were cholesterol & periods. I'm 37 yrs old now. Now, from a year I started taking nature thyroid. Prior to that I tried armour thyroid which gave me lot's and lot's of hairfall. So I started nature thyroid. When I take thyroid medications, my blood work will be normal. But none of the symptoms go. So from the year 2000, all of a sudden I got pain in my lower back after 4-5 hours of sleep in the night after which I cannot sleep at all. I toss and turn. If I turn to my side, the bones and the rib cage would hurt. From that day onwards, I started getting the pain every night. After 3-4 yrs after the lower back pain, I got left wrist pain. After 2 years of wrist pain, I got Neck pain in the right side in the year 2007. It was so bad, I could hardly lift my head in the morning after waking up. The lower back pain was so worst that I could not lift my 1 year old baby in 2007. I had my first baby in 2006. I got gestational diabetes then. I have overall edema but more in the ab region. Until 6 months back I did not even know that I was gaining weight because of the sodium/salt in my food. If I cut down salt from my food, my weight goes down. Or else it goes up if I eat salt normally. So, it has to be below normal which is not very easy.
I've tried all sorts of herbs, supplements. Nothing has worked so far. I eat bentonite clay, take Juice of oreganol, took iodine supplement, took evening primrose oil, took kelp supplement, took coconut oil which was of help-it treated my allergies, drank dandelion tea, ate lot's of bananas which reduced my neck pain to almost nil, I'm on water and sea salt cure from a year now which has not helped either. Now, I also suspect, this is secondary or tertiary hypothyroidism. There is some problem which has not been treated. I'm not able to point it out. So, Kindly please please help me in pointing out the problem and if possible a good treatment."Replies
10/11/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Sonia, there is tons of info on Hypothyroid going around nowadays, it's simply an issue of applying the correct knowledge to individual specifics. To achieve correction of your condition the method is simple ---holistic health. First step in recovering health is detoxification. Here's a E.C. link: http://earthclinic.com/CURES/detoxification.html
As an adjunct to detox, do a parasite/pathogen cleanse. After this begin supplementing an herbal and/or homeopathic endocrine formula or "multiglandular". This should jumpstart and balance your entire endocrine system which, along w/ detox, might very well solve the Thyroid prob. If not, supplement Lugols Iodine, L-Tyrosine, Zinc Lozenges. The mineral Selenium is also recommended for healthy Thyroid. Try wearing an hematite necklace (which can clean and jumpstart the T).
Hope this helps and good luck."
10/11/2012: Connie from Slc, Utah, Usa replies: "Hi Sonia; There are many symptoms listed here, and you are having alot of pain. (not good) I wonder if cortisol is elevated, because you have trouble with edema from sodium, blood sugar elevated sometimes, and acne. Zinc may help with these symptoms. Also, with elevated cholesterol, premature greying of hair, and skin problems, Copper may be needed.
For memory problems, nerve pain/numbness, hair loss, and thyroid support, B12 can really help. I suggest a sublingual B12, (methylcobalamin), 1000-5000 mcg. Daily. ( Some people may need more or less).
Add a low dose of B complex. The other B's support B12, especially folate.
A typical zinc/copper dosage is, 15mg zinc and 1mg copper. ( Talk with doctor, but I don't think any more than this is necessary.)
I agree that what you're doing to help, increasing potassium foods, adding kelp and coconut oil is good, so maybe these additional supplements can resolve the other symptoms."
10/12/2012: Jennifer from New York replies: "Sonia from San Diego, I have hypothyroidism as well and what has me feeling alive again is Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I Take Armour Thyroid, Synthroid, and some extra T3 for my hypothyroidism, but to help me with the aches and pain, slow digestion, fatigue, hair loss, and other issues I am using Ted's Remedy of ACV and baking soda. I hope this helps you, good luck!"
05/08/2012: Anon from Orlando, Fl: "Hey everyone at EC..... I have a question which I am hoping someone can answer. Since my diagnosis of being hypothyroid, I was placed on a t3/t4 treatment. I feel good on it but what I have noticed is that everytime I have a stressfull time in my life or if I am faced with some form of confrontation etc I immediately start feeling this discomfort in the region of my heart. As soon as I calm down and get myself out of that environment, the feeling passes or sometimes it would last several hours. I am getting really worried now cause it has reached a point where I cannot even disicpline my two teenagers without this discomfort suddenly coming on. I feel like my body just cannot tolerate any form of stress anymore. Help someone.... I can't live like this. Thank you guys so much for an early response."Replies
05/08/2012: Lisa from Rabat, Morocco replies: "You might want to check your adrenal glands. It sounds like you may have adrenal fatigue. There is a saliva test that you can take that will show your cortisol levels. Many times this goes along with being hypothyroid. You need to make sure your adrenals are healthy first, or you may have problems healing your thyroid."
05/09/2012: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "It sounds like you also have adrenal fatigue. You should see a naturopath or a doctor to get some testing and treatment options. There are some self tests you can do to see if it's possible you do have adrenal problems. If your heart feels like it does when you get a good scare that is called a palpatation. I have read that if it feels close to the center of your chest it is most likely caused by your thyroid. If it feels farther out towards the outer portion of your left side then it would be caused by your adrenal glands. I don't know how accurate that is but it may be helpful. I have hyperthyroid and adrenal fatigue. My adrenal glands have stopped producing the amount of cortisol (the stress hormone) my body needs. During really stressful times sometimes I have anxiety, heart palps, hyperventilation, pupil dialation, and temperature increases. Other times I just get the heart palpatations. This is because I don't have the cortisol to deal with the stress. I will take a little hydrocortisone cream and apply to my wrists when this happens. It usually works fairly quickly but if your adrenals are severly low on cortisol or high it obviously won't do much. There is a cortisol supplement called Isocort that might be helpful. Check out this site. http://www.adrenalsweb.org/
Low cortisol can be fatal in some really stressful situations so make sure to find out if this is the case. If it is high cortisol then do not use the cortisone cream. Usually a person with alot of stress for a fair amount of time will eventually get low cortisol from chronic cortisol over production to the point that your adrenals just get exhausted and can't keep up. Any kind of stress will cause it. Thyroid problems are one type of stress. This site explains why and how thyroid issues may be the cause or have been caused by adrenal fatigue. http://www.westonaprice.org/metabolic-disorders/low-metabolic-energy-therapies
Don't forget that it could also be an actual heart condition so make sure to go to a doctor to rule that out."
05/09/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "You can try some of these supplements, magnesium really helped me get through my bouts of adrenal fatigue along with a lot of valerian root. Here is a list of helpful supplements for adrenal fatigue and stress:
Vitamin-C: Of all the vitamins and minerals involved in adrenal metabolism, vitamin-C is probably the most important. It is essential to the adrenal hormone cascade and manufacture of adrenal steroid hormones. It acts as an antioxidant within the adrenal cortex. As it occurs in nature, Vitamin-C exists as a combination of ascorbic acid and certain bioflavinoids that are essential to ascorbic acid being fully metabolized and utilized by the body. Vitamin-C is water-soluble; quickly consumed or excreted from the body. It should be taken throughout the day, particularly when the body is under any kind of physical, emotional, environmental or infectious stress. Vitamin-C also stimulates the immune system.
Target dose: 2000. Mg 5000. mg daily, divided doses, with food/meals.
Vitamin-E:Although not directly required for any part of the adrenal hormone manufacturing cascade, Vitamin-E is essential in at least six different enzymatic reactions . It absorbs and neutralizes damaging free radical molecules inside the adrenal glands. Vitamin-C enhances Vitamin-E's activity inside the cell by regenerating the capacity of vitamin-E to sequester free radicals. In order for the adrenals to maintain elevated steroid production, high amounts of vitamin-E are necessary. Adrenal regeneration is best with mixed tocopherols that include beta-tocopherols.
Target dose: 800 IU mixed tocopherols, divided doses, with food/meals.
Pantothenic Acid:One of the B-complex vitamins, pantothenic acid is essential to energy production within the adrenal glands by converting into acetyl-CoA, critical to conversion of glucose into energy. The combination of pantothenic acid with magnesium, vitamin-E and vitamin-C increases energy production and reduces fatigue on the adrenals.
Target dose: 1500. mg daily, divided doses, with food/meals.
Niacin: Large amounts of niacin are necessary to form the molecular structure of certain niacin dependent coenzymes critical for several steps in the adrenal cascade. Use "non-flushing" niacin hexanol.
Target dose: 25-50. mg daily.
Vitamin-B6:Co-factor in several of the enzymatic pathways in the adrenal cascade.
Target dose: 50-100. mg daily, divided doses, with food/meals.
B-Complex: Needed in small quantities throughout the adrenal cascade.
Target dose: 50-100. mg daily, with food/meals.
Magnesium: Acts like a spark plug for adrenals and the energy portion of every cell; essential to the production of enzymes within the adrenal hormone cascade. Increase during times of stress along with Vitamin-C and Pantothenic acid.
Target dose: 400. mg magnesium citrate, absorbed best when taken prior to bedtime.
Calcium: Helps to settle nervous system and create inner calm. Best absorbed late evening, taken with calcium. Calcium citrate best absorbed.
Target dose: 750-1000. mg daily, with food/meals.
Fiber:Mild constipation is normal in adrenal fatigue, but not healthy. Chronic constipation leads to re-absorbtion of toxins within the bowel. Adding extra fiber to the diet can normalize bowel function. As adrenals heal, the body's responses become more efficient; liver function begins to detoxify more rapidly. This means that more toxic constituents are contained in the bile that is secreted by the liver and emptied into the intestinal tract for elimination. Fiber prevents bile from becoming toxic in the large intestine by binding with it along the digestive tract. Fiber therefore helps to eliminate fat-soluble toxins from the body.
Licorice Root: An adaptogenic* herb known to increase energy, endurance, vitality; acts as a mild tonic to nurture the adrenals; strong anti-viral, anti-inflammatory action; naturally fortify cortisone levels; help decrease symptoms of hypoglycemia; improves wound healing; soothes nervous stomachs; support immune function.
Ashwagandha Root: Ancient herb from India; historical use in Ayurvedic medicine; adaptogenic herb known as Indian ginseng, although not related botanically to the ginsengs; rejuvenator of tissues, organs; promotes strength and vigor; anti-inflammatory action; shown to normalize cortisol levels, whether too high or too low. Low doses used throughout the day without drossiness; higher doses used late evening and bedtime to promote drossiness and restfulness.
Target dose: 3-5 Gm daily, divided doses; may take with food/meals.
Siberian Ginseng Root: Not botanically a ginseng; adaptogenic herb that supports and rejuvenates adrenal function, increases resistance to stress, normalizes metabolism, down-regulates stress hormones; reverses mental fatigue; increases energy, stamina, endurance; anti-depressant properties have demonstrated its ability to calm anxiousness, improve sleeping, diminish lethargy, lessen irritability, induce sense of well-being; normalize blood sugar; strengthen immune function; increase resistance to environmental pollutants; improve Vitamin-Bs absorption, decrease Vitamin-C loss; more normalizing than stimulatory in its effects on adrenals.
Target dose: No information available at this time
American Ginseng Root:A true ginseng, suitable for men and women; energetically considered a "cooling" herb; adaptogenic; builds energy and stamina; supports immune functions; may have an androgenic characteristic by increasing DHEA.
Target dose: 500. mg twice daily, morning and early afternoon; may take with food/meals.
Ginger Root: Adaptogenic; helps modulate cortisol levels, normalize blood pressure & heart rate; stimulate digestive enzymes; circulatory herb; increase fluidity throughout tissues; increase energy & metabolic rate; anti-nauseant.
Ginkgo Leaf: When under stress, the adrenals suffer tremendous oxidative stress; this leads to significant increases in free radicals within those cells that make the needed hormones. If the free radicals generated in this process are not neutralized, the production of hormones is slowed and tissue damage increases within the cells. Ginkgo acts as a powerful anti-oxidant that neutralizes free radical production, protecting the adrenals, brain and liver.
Target dose: No information available at this time
*Adaptogenicherbs such as Rhodiola support the body during stressful periods; physical, emotional, or environmental stressors; feed & nurture tissues, organ systems to reverse damage done by stress; may also strengthen immune function; build energy and stamina over time."
05/09/2012: Anon from Orlando, Fl replies: "Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone for all your replies. Oh my gosh, once you guys said it I realized that I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2009 but never took any treatment for it. I did have my heart checked out and it was fine so it has to be my adrenals. However, I believe it was Jen that pointed out that if the discomfort feels like it is in the center of the chest which mine is then it could also be the thyroid. Now does this mean that maybe I need more medication? Thank you again everyone for your response. You guys are awesome.... God Bless"
01/05/2012: Claire from Jeffersonville, Indiana, Usa: "Hi all, I got caught up with Earth Clinic all day today, reading and making notes. I have been on Levothyoxine 75MCG for 4 years, after my child birth and I am sick of taking this chemical compound every morning, waiting at least 30 minutes to finally start my day and if I ever forget to take it, I am in panic. I have been a skeptic over natural remedy, being brainwashed by doctor's limited education. But, now that I open my eyes and decided to seek for myself, I am wondering how to start with having my thyroid function after so long being dependent on this levothyroxine. Anyone who has been like me out there? I appreciate your attention."Replies
01/05/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Start researching iodine. Google David Brownstein. He has written an excellent book on the subject. Iodine is needed for the thyroid to function."
12/31/2011: Eva from Crowley, Louisiana: "I was diagnosed with hypothroidism a few years ago. I have been taking synthroid ever since. I have just been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I have a 16.9 tsh on 50 mcg and that has now been increased to 75 mcg. I also have a nodule on each side of my thyroid, both very small. I am leery of stopping the medication, but am also considering going on the Paleo diet. Can I do both, continue the meds and still go on the paleo diet which would cut out most of the gluten from my diet? I'm really confused about all of this. Help?!!"Replies
01/01/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Eva, Look up iodine deficiency & hypothyroid & also go to youtube where they show you how to test if you are lacking iodine. This is the only way you willfix your thyroid & hypothyroid can lead to numerous other problems. Synthroid will not solve your problem."
10/19/2011: Radhakrishnan from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: "What medicine to be take for hypothyroid? I am suffering from thyroid last 15 years how to cure?"
09/17/2011: Laura from Queens, Ny: "Hi Everyone, I am hoping someone can answer this question for me. I am hypothyroid for about two years now and am trying so far to manage this disease. However, I noticed that whenever I take a picture, it seems like my eyes always have a glazed look on it. I never had issues like this before and honestly it's really bothering me especially when I read somewhere that this is usually a symptom of hyperthyroid. I am currently on meds and all my recent bloodwork were perfect according to my doc. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks EC!!!"Replies
09/21/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Laura... A lack of iodine/iodide can affect the mind causing brain fog, lethargy, lack of energy etc. Other hypothyroid symptoms, depending on the severity of iodine deficiency, can also occur, such as :
Exhaustion or fatigue, depression, sensitive to cold or cold hands and feet, weight gain, muscle and joint pains, carpal tunnel, muscle cramps, dry eyes, dry mouth, painful soles of the feet, goiter, swollen or puffy face, eyes, arms or legs, menstrual abnormalities, fuzzy head, constipation, uterine and breast cyst formation, thickening skin, voice changes, increased response to allergies (itching, prickly hot skin, rashes, urticaria), regular infections such as sinus or thrush, dry hair, skin and nails, hair loss, increased cholesterol levels, weight gain, thin eyebrows (outer third), high cholesterol (which doesn't respond to medication), or haven't been well since an infection/virus.
Specific eye problems associated with hypothyroidism are given here:
Also, by way of possible resolution, please see a comment that I've just written concerning Lugol's Iodine(aqueous iodine/iodide) use for hypothyroidism, which is here: